Cameroon Film List

TitleLe Silence de la Foret (2003)
Format: VHS
Language: In Diaka, French and Sango with English subtitles.
Run Time:  93 min.
Description: In a fascinating twist on the old story of Westerners' encounters with 'exotic' African cultures, Le Silence de la Foret focuses instead on what happens when a European-educated African interacts with the mythic rainforest people incorrectly and pejoratively known as 'pygmies'. It is about the difficulty for even the most well-intentioned person to know and respect the 'other'.
Genre: Drama

Title: Chocolat (1988)  
Format: DVD video, Dolby digital 2.0 mono.
Language: French with optional English, French and Spanish subtitles; closed captioned.
Run Time:  106 min.
Description: A young woman returns to Cameroon to trace her past. Soon the sights, sounds and smells sweep her back to her childhood and memories of the people who populated her youth. 
Genre: Drama

Title: Africa, Africas (2001)  
Format: VHS
Language: Fantacocà: African dialect with English subtitles.
Run Time:  62 min.
Description: Fantacocà: presents the cultural phenomenon of skin bleaching in Cameroon and the challenge it is now posing on notions of black pride and identity. From the other side of the river: documents the effects of war on a community of Ethiopian women and children who were forcibly relocated into refugee camps. Laafi bala: demonstrates the causes of wide-spread unemployment and poverty in Burkina Faso, where few institutional resources and government support available, and the debilitating effects this is having on women and youth.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Fang: an epic journey (2001)
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 8 Min.
Description: This is a work of fiction but everything in it is based on real events." About the journey of an African sculpture, beginning in Cameroon in 1904. The film then traces what happens to the sculpture in Paris in 1907 and 1917, Berlin in 1933, and New York in 1948. The sculpture finally ends up in a museum in 1970.
Genre: Drama

Title: Dokwaza: the last of the African ironmasters (1998)
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 49 Min.
Description: Shows the physical and spiritual process of smelting and forging iron as performed in 1986 by the Mafa people in the Mandar Highlands of North Cameroon, from building a furnace of stone and daub to the final production of an iron hoe.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Sango Malo (1991)
Format: VHS
Language: French with English subtitles
Run Time: 95 min.
Description: A tale of two schoolmasters and two philosophies of education. The strict headmaster insists on a conventional French-style curriculum which doesn’t challenge the village power structure. When an innovative young teacher, Sango Malo, arrives, he introduces a more practical education designed to make the peasants the focus of rural development.
Genre: Drama

Title: Afrique, je te plumerai = Africa, I’m going to fleece you (199-?)
Format: VHS
Language: French with English subtitles
Run Time: 88 Min.
Description: Examines how Cameroon’s French colonizers have been replaced by a dictatorial indigenous regime which still plunders the land and silences the authentic expression of its people. 
Genre: Documentary

Title: Sisters in law (2005)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and pidgin English, with English subtitles
Run Time: 104 min.
Description: A documentary record of a courtroom in Kumba, Cameroon, where a female prosecutor and judge work to put an end to their community’s tacit acceptance of child abuse, wife beating and rape.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Destination, Cameroon (1997)
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 20 min.
Description: A social and cultural tour of Cameroon, with a focus on the Peace Corps presence in that country.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Vessels of the spirits: pots and people in North Cameroon (1990)
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 50 min
Description: Ethnographic study of the Hide, Sirak, and Mafa of Cameroon and their ritual observance of the bulls festival. Pots are status symbols and their various uses and production by women during the dry season is shown in detail.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Clando = Clandestine (1996)
Format: VHS
Language: In French with English subtitles or another Cameroon language with subtitles in French and English
Run Time: 95 min
Description: Sobgui, a former computer programmer, drives a "clando" cab in Douala, Cameroon’s streets. He is clandestine, not just because his cab is unlicensed, but because he is hiding from his past. When a radical political group involves him a revenge slaying of an informer, Sobgui knows that it is time to get out of Douala. He gets his chance when he is asked to find a wealthy villager’s son in Germany. The film represents a dilemma facing educated Africans: whether to work to change the autocratic regimes at home or seek their fortunes abroad.
Genre: Drama